Blitzboks wins it at Singapore 7s

We are the champions! The undaunted team from South Africa eked out a win over formidable Fiji in 2019’s finals matchup.

As the only Southeast Asian stop on the ten-leg HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, the Singapore edition saw rugby lovers congregating at the National Stadium to cheer their hearts out for their favourite teams.

The two-day event showcased 45 intense matches in a scintillating, seven-a-side format. 16 top rugby nations were pitted against each other, including 12-time Series champion and rugby titans New Zealand.

Rugby fans got to see powerhouse Fiji compete against the South Africa Blitzboks in a nail-biting match, with the latter staging a comeback of epic proportions and winning a 20-19 victory. 

Since 2016, every year of the Rugby Sevens held in Singapore has boasted a different winner, with 2019’s victorious South African team joining Kenya, Canada and Fiji on the list of champions.  

Besides being treated to spectacular tackles and lightning runs down the pitch, the spectators soaked in the raucous atmosphere at the National Stadium, with costumed fans, deafening cheers and heartfelt singalongs.

As part of the entertainment, rugby fans rocked out to great music, played a variety of rugby-themed games and spent family time at the 20,000 feet Funzone, which featured face painting sessions, arts and craft activities, and special appearances from iconic Dreamworks characters like Shrek. Visitors also had the opportunity to participate in meet-and greet-sessions with legends of the sport.  

The energy overflowed into Music After Sevens at Clarke Quay, a vibrant entertainment hotspot by the historic Singapore River. Over the weekend, fans enjoyed the various F&B promotions along with music performances by popular local acts. 

Rugby fans can keep their eye out for more thrilling action next year, when the HSBC World Rugby Seven Series returns to Singapore—its home in Southeast Asia—in April 2020.